Srila Bhakti Charu Swami Guru Maharaj is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. His Holiness has dedicated his full life for pleasing Srila Prabhupada and he is serving from nearly four decades. Please come and associate with this true servant of our dear Srila Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of International Society For Krishna Consciousness. Please visit this site regularly for learning from Guru Maharaja through various seminars.
used to say, “These Mayavadis they are so dry. They say don’t
eat, but we say eat as much as possible, mahaprasada.” Akantha puriya
prasada sevana. Now tell me, who is more fortunate: those who are not
or those who are eating? [laughter] So all their efforts, all their
activities are so painful, so miserable, source of sufferings. They are
missing out on that. They are missing out on the loving exchange. They
cannot possibly have a loving exchange. How can you love something that
doesn’t have any consciousness, that doesn’t have any shape, that
doesn’t have any form? So not only He has shape, He is the source of
consciousness.He is a personality. He is a person and then we get to
know the qualities of
that person. Oh, He is so beautiful! He is so strong. He is so powerful.
He is so wise. He is so famous and He is so rich. Isn’t it wonderful to
relationship with a person like that? In simple words we can say, “Won’t it
be wonderful to have a father?” Don’t we want to have a father who is
richest, who is the most richest, who is the most powerful? Won’t you
proud to have a father like that? And yes, we have a father. We have a
father. The only thing is that we forgot about Him. We forgot our
relationship with Him. When we were young didn’t we think, “Oh, my
father is the best.” [laughs] And in our reality our father IS the best.
He is the best father! He is the richest, He is the wisest, He is the
He is the most caring. And when we have the shelter of such a father,
then why should we worry about anything?"
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, excerpt from lecture on SB 3.9.21, 9th
February 2009, Ujjain, India
dékñä-käle bhakta kare ätma-samarpaëa, sei-käle kåñëa täre kare ätma-sama
Diksha is a process of official surrender to the representative of Krsna.
Two needs of diksha. 1. to receive the mantra, 2. an official surrender to Krsna, accepted in the line of Srila Jiva Goswami
Holy name is Krsna, but what makes the holy name not Krsna are offences.
does it mean to chant without offences? To meditate or focus the mind
on the sound vibration. How to meditate on that? By listening carefully.
Be very careful and attentive about hearing. When there are offences it
is offensive chanting, then clearing stage and then comes pure
chanting. Holy name is Krsna when it is pire chanting.
Offensive chanting is chanting the offences, not the holy name but just the syllables.: Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura
Read Srila Prabhupada's books very carefully and regularly.
Iskcon is Srila Prabhupada's ashram. He did not handover the ashram to
anyone. He wanted the GBC to manage Iskcon. Don't ever think that Srila
Prabhupada is not here. Srila Prabhupada is here through his books, his
devotees, his temples and Iskcon itself.
The names of the initiated disciples are HG Prabhas Krsna das, Hg Radha Vandana devi dasi and HG Manasi Radhika devi dasi.
PS: In the context of Srila Prabhupada's succession Guru Maharaj
also made a point once that Srila Prabhupada said all his followers will
have his legacy. Guru Maharaj pointed out that he used the word
followers not disciples. So whoever follows Srila Prabhupada will have
his legacy and not just his disciples.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu was
very popular. some unscrupulous people said breaking the four regulative
principles was Caitanya Mahaprabhus teaching. so the educated Bengali
community had nothing to do with His teachings. As a result His
teachings and His Dhama both appeared due to these Apasampradayas.
Dasavatara Stotra is the Mangalacarana to Gita Govinda of Srila Jayadeva Goswami.
Bauls have their annual festival at Bindutal (birthplace of Jayadeva Goswami).
Buddhism means voidism or nothingness.
Sankarcharya's version: sarvam khalvidam bhrama. Nirvana means
merging in brahmajyoti called Kevaladwaitvada or absolute non dualism.
He established impersonalism to defeat voidism of Buddhists.
Ramanujacharya established special non dualism or Vishista Adwaitvada. Visnuswami established Dwaitdwaitavada.
Then Caitanya Mahaprabhu made a perfect harmony by establishing Acintya Bhedabheda Tattva.
Symptoms of Acintya: what exists exactly beyond the material domain is Acintya.
Living entities are under the internal potency of Krsna.
In order to give exclusive credit to Srila Prabhupada Caitanya Mahaprabhu made his teachings disappear alongwith His Dhama.
Srila Prabhupada to Jayadayal Dalmiya: Send your grand children to
Vrindavana Gurkula and make them a brahmana. Modern education is just to
get a job, sudra.
A Vaisnava can be recognized by his attachment to Krsna.
Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura was very English in his ways and
deliberately wrote so difficult English so that even the Britishers
would have to sit with a dictionary to understand his writings. He did
all this so that they would no longer look down upon Indians.
He instructed Srila Prabhupada when he was just a young married man
with a wife and children and was a manager of India's first
pharmaceutical company Dr. Bose's laboratory.
He preached vigorously and established 64 Gaudiya Mathas across the important cities of India over a short span of 12 years.
He founded The August Assembly and remained its only celibate member till his last breath.
5th canto deals with descriptions of planetary system.
1. Sarga: creation
2. Visarga: secondary creation
If Krsna is builder then Brahma is the interior decorator.
Sthanam: planetary systems (each universe has 14) comparison to the
basement for 7 lower planetary systems. Cables as snakes, light bulbs as
jewels, electricity as subtle fire. Snakes are famous for their fire.
Poison is liquid fire.
Inhaling, exhaling and retaining form the 3 aspects of breathing.
When excited we breath fast and when we are calm we breath slowly.
Svedeja: born from sweat, Udwijas: born from seeds, Andjas: born from eggs, Jarayujas: born from embryo i.e. animals and humans.
In our body which is constituted the Kaph is the water aspect, Pitta is the fire aspect and Vayu is the air aspect.
Out of the 5 elements of the material nature middle 3 i.e. water, fire and air are the most important.
Pitta is pancreas: derives bile the fire aspect, similarly breathing is the air aspect.
deals with excretion, Vyan deals with nervous system. Saman deals with
equilibrium, Prana deals with respiratory system.
6. Manavantara: Different Manus.
7. Isanukatha: Actions of Supreme Personality of Godhead.
8. Virodha: Cessation of existence in material nature.
9. Mukti: Liberation from material bondage.
10. Asraya: Supreme shelter (Srila Prabhupada translated Summum Bonum)
king's man in the prison is his agent. Even if one is a prisoner and he
applies to the king for redemption; then if a person is sincerely
praying then although he may be living in the prison he is a king's man.
A devotee's prayer is: My Lord, please forgive me. I know I made a
mistake and I will not do it again. Then king may not free him
immediately but he may be recognized as a suitable candidate for freedom
and is treated as King's man. This prisoner then can indoctrinate
others as well, that look I surrendered and I am getting all the
facilities. Why don't you surrender as well?
Guru Maharaj to Srila Prabhupada: I don't know Krsna, but I know you Srila Prabhupada and I offer myself to you.
a child is born he doesn't have to worry about his needs, his father
takes care, but if the child creates his own problem who can help him.
Don't do it half heartedly, do it in the best possible way. Do
it in a first class way, then first class people will come. Do things in
such a way that you will be proud to be a part of this institution.
Q: How to make an application before the king for redemption?
By chanting His Holy Names. Praying O the all attractive Supreme
Personality of Godhead. O the pleasure giving potency of the Lord.
Please deliver me from this suffering condition. Please allow me to
Q: What is the best way to approach the king?
Not approaching the king directly, but the queen is very compassionate.
Best way to approach king of kings is through His queen. His pleasure
potency Srimati Radharani. King may be busy but the queen says that here
is a very good devotee and the king accepts him thus.
Q: Srila Prabhupada write in last verse of SB !st
canto third chapter that way to see Krsna in every word of Srimad
Bhagavatam is by hearing from a person in prampara with rapt attention.
How do we find Krsna in the 5th canto via the descriptions of the
A: We should be very careful about guarding our faith. If
descriptions of 5th canto don't make sense, we may skip them and take
the blame upon us that it is due to our limited perception that I can't
understand it. Bhakti Vinoda Thakura said 5th canto is a trap for the
materialists, so that they get bewildered by these descriptions and
don't go beyond.
Q: What is the best way to approach the queen?
A: The best way to approach the queen is through her girlfriend i.e. spiritual master.
Q: How does one guard one's faith?
A: To guard our faith always remain in association of devotees. But
the association should be sajatiya, satavara and snigdha humble and
caring not agitating.
Q: This is the highest thing but we have not seen Srila Prabhupada, how do we advance?
A: Never think that Srila Prabhupada is not here, he is here,
through Iskcon. If someone comes to Iskcon, Srila Prabhupada will
naturally take care of him. If this is the highest thing you have found
then commit yourself fully.
Q: How do we surrender to Srila Prabhupada?
A: Sincerely following the process is non-different from dedicating oneself to Srila Prabhupada.
Q: Many a times there are difficulties in our devotional lives how to deal with them?
Don't deal with difficulties by yourself. If opportunity is there, go
and dump your responsibilities and difficulties on the devotee you
depend and rely upon. If you feel that your spiritual master is giving
you trouble then you can go to Srila Prabhupada and tell him look this
is what he has done to me. Grandfather is more merciful to his
grandchildren then his own children.
Q: Should we execute devotional service when it is comfortable and we have less material difficulties?
It is not a matter of being in a comfortable situation, but wherever it
is conducive to practice devotional service we should do there and
practice. For ex, many of you might not have come to devotional service
had you not come to Australia, do you agree with that? So whatever is
conducive to devotional service just do that, if going to India is then
do it, if staying in Sydney makes it conducive then do that.
Q: My work atmosphere is not spiritual, what do I do?
A: Create spiritual atmosphere wherever you are through preaching this mission, by indoctrinating them.
Excerpts from the discussion. Some of point are paraphrased since I couldn't note down the exact wordings.
Not that everyone who comes will stay. If the situation is such that everyone is very excited then only people will stay.
Let there be a mission statement or goal to look forward to.
Temples are the units of Iskcon. Let people visit temples on weekends.
the regular programs be held on weekdays so that it doesn't cause
interference with retreats and visiting devotees classes on weekends.
Ultimate consideration should be to bring them to Iskcon and to make them do something in the temple.
Spiritual life means service, not just at home but also at the temple.
Give them recognition and incite excitement.
Set objectives and make things exciting.
The mood should not be that it is an Indian program.
If only Indians are coming that means there is no preaching at all.
Krsna consciousness if presented properly will be appealing to everyone since it has a universal application.
How much can a householder do since he has to devote time to the
family as well, but a youth even if joins for a short while and leaves
does a lot for the society since they bring youthful enthusiasm and have
the drive to achieve something.
To keep those who are already here and get newer ones to participate.
Prabhu from San Jose the biggest book distributor in Iskcon, teaches
the householders how to do book distribution and has achieved amazing
Getting initiation is not important but following is more important.
Preaching is a dialogue/communication.
Mahaprabhu: King, General : Srila Prabhupada, Army: Iskcon, Enemy:
Kali. Involvement of soldiers must not just be an intellectual
involvement rather it should have a bigger practical side.
Don't give much importance to money, Krsna is not poor.
What follows are the excerpts from the 1st session by Guru Maharaj
at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on 22nd December
2012. I have rephrased in my own words wherever I missed out on Guru
Maharaj's exact wordings. Please note that some of the answers, the
questions to which I couldn't recollect have been merged into the notes
especially at the end.
Happiness is a transient consideration. It is a cycle of alternating happiness and pain.
Pariprasna means sincere and relevant questions.
Questions with proper answers make the exchange so fruitful, exciting and relevant.
What is happiness?
fulfillment of desires.
negation/cessation of pain.
gratification of our senses. Matrasparsastu Kaunteya shitoshna sukha dukhada. Matra: degree of, Sparsastu: sense perception.
Real happiness is uninterrupted, atyantika sukha.
Extreme point of suffering is death.
When objects of senses become pleasing to the senses then that is a source of happiness.
Knowledge can be acquired in two ways.
We are being subjected to different suffering conditions due to this
material body. eg, finger and pain inflicted on it, material world as a
This body has been designed to receive pain.
When painful state of existence is reduced to some extent then that is known as happiness in this material world.
This body is receiving different experiences through different senses.
Consciousness is flowing through nerves.
Brain is the seat of the mind. Nerves are functioning through nerve
currents. When nerve currents uninterrupted: happiness, when
Therefore experience of pain/pleasure is a matter of sense perception.
The more subtle the pain, the more acute it is.
Our endeavor to enjoy in this body is futile.
The mirage is real, but as a reflection.
Q: How do we become quickly materially exhausted to not search for happiness through this material body.
A: It is a matter of intelligence. There are three ways of learning.
fourth category never learns even after having experienced it. eg,
seeing the food in the mirror and in an attempt to enjoy it the person
goes and bangs into the mirror again and again each time with a greater
force but a vain attempt.
Q: What is the best way to stabilize our consciousness?
A: Best way to stabilize and improve our consciousness is to accept Srila Prabhupada's instructions and follow them.
Q: What should be done first sadhana or service?
First consideration should be your own sadhana, at the same time if
possible help others too. Therefore Srila Prabhupada wanted us to
preach. So we must,
strive for our own perfection,
help others to achieve the platform of Krsna consciousness,
preach to others.
Q: What to do if close relatives are not favorable to Krsna consciousness?
If relatives are not receptive, then we should not be held down by
them, if they don't come alongwith us then, we should move ahead.
Story of King Chitraketu, sovereign ruler of Earth planet.
There was no democracy in Vedic concept. Vedic concept supports
monarchy. Vedic kings were noble, wise and honest. Democracy is a
situation better than the worst.
planets have one king. Moon's presiding king is Somadeva, Vivasvan is
the king of Sun planet. The planets are not empty, ocean appears to be
empty from the surface.
Jupiter dominated by Brihaspati: Guru of demigods.
Venus dominated by Sukracharya: Guru of demons.
of being ruler of entire Earth planet Chitraketu Maharaj was unhappy.
Angira Rishi accepted invitation of Chitraketu and blessed him for a
son. Kritadyuti Chitraketu's wife begot a son. The other wives of
Chitraketu became very envious of Kritadyuti and they killed this son.
Narada and Angira Rishis came to Chitraketu and asked him what he
wanted. His soul was called back and then Chitraketu Maharaj became
King Indradyumna became Gajendra the
elephant due to the curse of Agatsya muni. Lost all his so called
enjoyment when caught by the crocodile and cried out for help to Krsna.
Ultimate objective of our existence is to develop our relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Positive relationship begins with servitorship which doesn't mean slavery or employment.
Expression of our love is through
servitorship. A leaf as long as it serves the tree i.e. converts
sunlight into food by photosynthesis it remains connected else falls of.
Service is always out of love. Therefore Srila Prabhupada used the expression loving devotional service.
is temporary cessation of painful situation. Actually we are not
looking for happiness but ananda. Bliss and joy are it's near
Iskcon is an institution for making pure devotees. If we stay then someday we will achieve perfection.
We have the opportunity of being in the spiritual sky right here by rendering service to Krsna.
Just consider whether we are loving
somebody for our own sake or for Krsna's sake. Therefore care for
everyone in relation to Krsna.
Q: What is the best way to chant?
A: When we are chanting, we are asking Krsna for service. Then
Krsna sitting in the heart will reveal what he wants from us and
chanting will become meaningful when we do that as a service for Krsna.
Q: What is the difference between Sadhkas and Siddhas?
A: Sadhakas are practicing for perfection. Siddhas have achieved perfection.
You mentioned the story of Gajendra in which we see that the crocodile
was delivered by Vishnu first. Was it due to it's having held Gajendra a
devotee's feet into its mouth for along time? How to serve those
devotees who have shed gallons of blood to retain us in the movement
till date? Does it fit in the analogy given by Bhakti Siddhanta
Saraswati correct that it literally takes gallons of blood to make a
A: It is a good way of looking at it. Yes, mood of gratitude is very favorable.
What is the cause of suffering? Although we don't want it still it comes uninvited. The cause is wrong/sinful activities.
There are two types of action
Sinful activity: those which are not desirable.
Newton's 3rd law: Perform austerities to get good results.
Principle of Karma: good actions (piety) leads to enjoyment, wrong actions (sin) leads to suffering.
Karma kanda section teaches you how to fulfill your desires in the right
way. eg, Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes with the girls on the bank of
Ganges who worshiped Lord Shiva to get a good husband (a Vedic
Yad pada pallava yugam... vighnam vihantum
almasya jagatrasya it is by mercy of Nrsinghdeva Ganesh acquires the
ability to remove the impediments on one's life path.
King doesn't need the law, but he creates it for the benefit of the citizens. Breaking the law shows defective mentality.
Purpose behind suffering of prisoner is to give them a chance to rectify themselves.
Institutional laws are for the smooth functioning and peaceful operation of an institution
Dharma is the inherent characteristic of a substance.
Difference between a lion and a tiger is that as soon as a tiger sees
you, you are in great trouble. Whereas a Lion is noble by nature and
won't kill any animal if not hungry.
Krsna tells us to give up all the dharma, he implied to give up your
varnasrama dharma. Why? Because he wants to give up this dharma of the
body, i.e. varnasrama dharma. Dharma of spirit soul is to love the
supreme. Love begins with surrender, especially between senior and
junior. Therefore Krsna at end says surrender unto me.
Cause of suffering is sin i.e. indulgence in improper or undesirable actions.
sinful/pious activities' mature reactions. Aprarabdha: those reactions
which haven't become activated. Kutam: dormant stage. Bijam: sinful
activity at a stage of seed. Phalam: almost fructified.
Good luck is a result of good karma from the past.
and see what happens to you. The test of the pudding is in eating it.
Until and unless one is fully surrendered one must act on the varnasrama
Krsna cares about becoming conscious of
Him. Seeing how everything is related to Him and how everything can be
used to serve Him.
Being a fool before spiritual master doesn't mean forfeiting one's intelligence.
Spiritual life is considered to be a
razor's age because material nature is very precarious, but still Krsna
will give him protection, if he is surrendered. When one committs
Vaisnava aparadha then even Krsna cannot help.
A devotee's mood and prayer to Krsna is, I may even reject You, but please You don't reject me.
consciousness is a matter of purity of heart. I am surrendering
everything my mind, body and intelligence unto You. I don't know what to
do, now You please take care.
We have to be tolerant and compassionate towards others because as one keeps practicing he will become pure.
Q: When we see the spiritual master suffering from a disease how do we understand it?
A: The main consideration is not what is happening to the
spiritual master due to the disease, but how he is unaffected by it. The
spiritual master sees it as a chance to become fixed up in Krsna
consciousness. His attitude is let it happen to the body, I am standing
Krsna says in the 7th canto that He is aware of our problems and asks
us to be patient until He solves it. Why does He not solve our troubles
immediately? Why does He take so much time? Is the time taken the faith
A: Krsna's time
passes very slowly, so we must be patient and have faith that since we
have surrendered to Him, Krsna will take care.
Q: Why do Sannyasis carry a danda?
A: Sannyasis identify that they made a mistake by disregarding Krsna and therefore they carry a danda to remember that.
Q: Can bhakti be achieved by sukriti?
A: Bhakti cannot be achieved by any sukriti as per Vishvanath
Chakravarti Thakura in Madhurya Kadambini. Bhakti cannot be given even
by Krsna since then he would be called biased and He says samoham sarva
bhutesu... One receives bhakti by the mercy of a devotee especially one
who is preaching, who goes out of his way to give bhakti.
Q: What is the sign of spiritual progress?
A: Spiritual progress means no doubt. Yes, Krsna is my master, I am His servant and my job is to surrender unto Him.
Q: Why do devotees leave Krsna consciousness when there is suffering?
Devotees don't just leave due to suffering but leave due to loss of
faith. No matter whatever happens, don't leave the association of
aspect of spiritual realm is a person, Krsna, His abode, His
paraphernalia are also persons. Balarama expands as articles of service
In Vraja ever ything is animate, meaning
ecstatic. Everything is moving, not static but ecstatic, meaning
conscious infact superconscious.
Criteria for entering the spiritual sky is we must be tuned in Krsna consciousness.
Dharma is in the form of a bull. Mother
Earth is in the form of a cow. Four legs of dharma. When the leg of
austerity when broken them meat eating increases. When the leg of mercy
is broken then intoxication increases. When the leg of cleanliness is
broken then illicit sex increases. When the leg of truthfulness is
broken then gambling or falsity increases.
When legs of dharma break then legs of adharma grow. When you reject these four sinful activities legs of sin are broken.
business is to introduce adharma. Initially in South Africa during the
time of Apartheid intoxication and illicit sex was banned.
Krsna consciousness movement or Iskcon is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's arrangement to establish dharma.
order to counteract Kali first we have to practice ourselves. Influence
of association of devotees is very powerful. Hrsikesh Prabhu from US
gave up Heroin addiction in association of Srila Prabhupada himself.
Household life is the life of attachment. In varnasrama one is allowed to act according to his propensities and state of mind.
cancer and Osteoporosis have been clinically proven to be caused by
meat eating. When meat is digested it rots quickly and becomes toxic.
Therefore carnivorous animals have small length of intestines. Whereas
the herbivorous animals have long length of their intestines.
Due to impurities we become entangled with the body. The spirit soul has attachment for Krsna's service.
Purpose of love is to become united with Krsna.
Greek dramas end in tragedy. Vedic dramas end in prosperity, peace and joy.
None of the materialistic love affairs ever reach there perfection. This love is not meant for anyone but Krsna.
If we have to become spiritualized then we must develop our relationship with Krsna.
Happiness is a material consideration, we want rather to become joyful.
If we become submerged in spiritual joy, we will feel so much love for Krsna in every activity.
When your desire to be with Krsna is powerful and intense enough then Krsna arranges for you to come back.
Kuti: tendency to do bad things. Nati:
tendency to act in a way we should not. To be free from Kuti Nati give
up Gramya Katha i.e. don't speak anything other than Krsna.
Don't stop the tendency to love, but dovetail it or guide it in such a
way that we go deeper into it that what is the source or inspiration
behind it and then we reach Krsna and love Him.
Waiting for an exchange from Krsna is actually our deficiency. Krsna
already loves us, it is just that we are not loving Him. It is when our
heart becomes full of gratitude then we will begin to love Krsna.
The degree of happiness and joy and misery depends on the depth of
relationship. Whatever be the experience we must always remember that
our business is to become Krsna conscious.
relationship with Krsna is the real relationship and in that there is
no suffering and the deeper one goes the more joy one feels.
For serving the vani there is
no hindrance or impediment, there may be difficulty in serving the vapu.
Service to vani is more important and can be more personal since
spiritual master is also in your heart and that awareness can be very
When we are sick and we stop our service
then we can serve in our subtle body. Transcending our subtle body when
we come to the the spiritual platform and render service to Krsna, that
is pure devotion.
Initially we render devotional service in
practice, then we begin to get the taste, the taste is so relishable
that then we want it to continue.
it a point to remember that how it is such a wonderful gift of Krsna
(devotees association) then when we love somebody it will be difficult
to become judgmental and competitive with him.